Just Another Prime Inc Endeavor

Topic 28650 | Page 1

Page 1 of 4 Next Page Go To Page:
Uncle Rake's Comment
member avatar

Hello Trucking Truth Community,

I am thankful to have been accepted by Prime to begin training the week of September 7. I had applied earlier, but since I could not test for the CLP in West Texas until September 3, I had to wait to apply to Prime since they only keep applications for thirty days. Some uncertainty exists on exactly which day I will begin orientation since Monday of that week is Labor Day.

In the last four to six weeks, I have read tons of helpful information here on TT to help me prepare for the proper mindset for drive training and a later driving career. Thank you everyone for all your wisdom and your willingness to share it. I have learned that I will need to be patient with my “God-awful, obnoxious, maniacal lunatic . . . trainer [who may be like] Hitler/Stalin.” I am hoping I can be patient enough to endure. I have learned that I must be humble to experience success in trucking. When it comes to humility, I think I am pretty good. I have always been really proud of my humility, and I’m glad it’s going to come in handy in this business. I have also learned that trucking is not for the faint of heart. I am beginning this phase of my life with a determination to do my best, to finish training, and to stick with my first company for at least a year (hopefully longer).

I drove from Lubbock, TX to the eastern part of Dallas (Mesquite) this week for a funeral service. I found myself driving with both hands on the wheel, rather than the single grip I have used in a pickup for the past 35 or so years. I found myself checking the side mirrors regularly, and trying to stay centered in the lane. I thought about driving 58 mph in the right lane, but decided that would be safer in a 35 ton vehicle rather than a 3 ton.

All my life, people have had trouble pronouncing my given name, Raif. When I was a kid, an old school bus driver who had known me all my life called me “Rake.” Throughout the years my family has kept that alive (tells you something about my family). To several of them, I guess I will always be “Uncle Rake.”

Thanks again for all the helpful content you all have provided here at TT. I look forward to beginning my training and sharing the updates.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Uncle Rake's Comment
member avatar

My first post with a link, and it doesn't even work! I hope some helpful moderator can fix that. smile.gif

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
member avatar

My first post with a link, and it doesn't even work! I hope some helpful moderator can fix that. smile.gif

Howdy, Uncle Rake (Raif) and congrats on getting on with Prime; they're one of the 'tougher' companies to get on with; that says a LOT right there~!

I'm going to post a link TO YOU and try and explain it, after I post it .. but within the link I am sharing, there is a quick tutorial video as to how to post a link. A moderator cannot fix your link (I'm pretty sure) since the http isn't there.

First, click on the 'link' blue tab, 6th from left, at top of your posting page you have open.

Second, copy the http link from your source, and put it in the BOTTOM white box out of the two...I do it this way, to ensure it 'gets there.'

Third, add your description as to what the link is about, as you did, in the TOP white box above the https you just inserted.

Finally, click submit.

Of course, click 'preview' for your whole post, and the link you submitted (description) will be there!

Here's my example:

Forum Help Videos

And, within 'preview' ... I saw the blue underline, I clicked it, and it worked!

Hit your back browser, and you'll be where you started, to finish your post~!! You can go BACK to your 'compose' box after preview, and change it as many times as you like; trust me, I know.. I do~! LoL~!!!

Hope this helps, have a great day, good sir!

good-luck-2.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck-2.gif

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

PackRat's Comment
member avatar

I'll be through Lubbock on Monday evening.

Let me know if you'd like to meet up???

Uncle Rake's Comment
member avatar

I'll be through Lubbock on Monday evening.

Let me know if you'd like to meet up???

I would love to have the opportunity to meet you on Monday. Just let me know when you will arrive and where you will be and I will make a point to be there. In addition, if there is anything I can help you with in this area, be sure to let me know and I will be glad to help.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
member avatar

I'll be through Lubbock on Monday evening.

Let me know if you'd like to meet up???

Guess I confused him; we females 'overspeak' at times...... sorry~!! Should've just posted Brett's video. SMDH.

sorry.gifconfused.gifsorry.gif

YOU, my man PackRat.. taught ME how to post pictures. YOU unleashed the beast, hahahaha~! ;)

Post up about the meeting; cool stuff..

Over and out. sorry.gif

Rob D.'s Comment
member avatar

Good luck at Prime.

Keep the faith and don't hesitate to come to the forum for questions, empathy and encouragement.

Rob.

Uncle Rake's Comment
member avatar

Sorry Anne, you did not confuse me. I appreciate your instruction and link to Brett’s videos.

My problem was in part due to the fact that this is not my first attempt at communicating with HTML codes. I had opened a response that included a quote from someone that had a link in it. Then I tried to utilize the same syntax in my original post. I have gone back and looked at my text again and it still looks like it is done correctly. In the future however, I will utilize the option for Inserting a link using the blue buttons at the top of the form.

Just in case anyone wonders, here is a correctly inserted link to the text I originally intended to share in my first post, related to the “God-awful, obnoxious, maniacal lunatic . . . trainer [who may be like] Hitler/Stalin.”

Uncle Rake's Comment
member avatar

I have gotten the information from my recruiter for taking my physical. He sent me an email with a barcode on it and information about where to go. He said I can just show them that information and it will cover the charges for the physical.

I am trying to decide whether I should come in my own vehicle and leave it in long-term parking. I have not read of anyone else doing that. One of my concerns is that if my trainer for TNT does not live in my area (west Texas), would that prevent me from having opportunity to come home when he goes home? Would having my own vehicle at the terminal give me more options?

After having the opportunity to sit in Packrat’s Cascadia, I am wondering if my height is going to present a problem for driving. Does anyone know of other truck drivers at least 6’6” who drive that particular model?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
member avatar

You don't need to live near the trainer for home time. My last student lived in MS and I live in NJ. I just drive thru their town and drop then off then return when I come back from hometime.

You most likely wont be in the terminal much so keeping the car there may not make sense. If the trainer drops you at home you wont have a car. We have some tall drivers and I habent heard issues other than sitting up on the top bunk. I have an international and had a 6ft4 student. The steering wheel and seat were fine. He felt a little cramped sitting up so only laid down in bed.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Page 1 of 4 Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More